What is Wi-Fi 6?

woman using wi-fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance, a worldwide non-profit focusing on developing and adopting wireless technology. As the successor to Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6 offers faster connections and supports more devices on a single network without impacting performance. The new Hughesnet® offers Whole Home Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 and optional Mesh Wi-Fi Nodes for wall-to-wall Wi-Fi coverage.

Here’s what you need to know about Wi-Fi 6 and how to benefit from this powerful new Wi-Fi standard. 


When Did Wi-Fi 6 Come Out?

Wi-Fi 6 was introduced in 2018 and entered widespread use in 2021. Most new router and modem models now support Wi-Fi 6.

Benefits of Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 offers several advantages over earlier wireless standards, including the following:

  • Faster network speeds
  • Greater capacity for multiple devices on a single network
  • Improved performance in offices, malls, and crowded areas
  • Reduced latency
  • Wi-Fi devices can check with the router at scheduled times
  • Increased wireless range
  • Enhanced security features

Get ready to see satellite internet in a whole new light. The new Hughesnet features speeds up to 100 Mbps, unlimited data, and Wi-Fi 6.

How Fast is Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6 has a theoretical maximum download speed of 9.6 Gbps. While theoretical maximums are rarely achieved in real-world applications, the new standard is much faster than its predecessor.

Understanding Wi-Fi Generations

Wireless technology has come a long way from Wi-Fi’s origins in 1997, with each generation building on the speed and capabilities of earlier standards. Here’s a brief history of wireless standards and how their speed compares to Wi-Fi 6:

Wi-Fi Standard

Release Date

Maximum Speed

Radio Frequencies (GHz)

Wi-Fi 1


11 Mbps

2.5 GHz

Wi-Fi 2 (for business use only)


54 Mbps

5 GHz

Wi-Fi 3


54 Mbps

2.4 GHz

Wi-Fi 4


300 Mbps

2.4, 5 GHz

Wi-Fi 5


1 Gbps

5 GHz

Wi-Fi 6


9.6 Gbps

2.4, 5, (Wi-Fi 6e will support 6 GHz)


Adoption and Implementation of Wi-Fi 6

Every Hughesnet plan comes with a new Wi-Fi Modem featuring Wi-Fi 6. In addition, customers may choose to lease or purchase optional Mesh Wi-Fi Nodes to further extend their Wi-Fi signal throughout their home or office and eliminate dead zones. Customers can use the Hughesnet Mobile App to manage their Wi-Fi network.

Combining Wi-Fi 6 with Mesh Wi-Fi Nodes makes an enormous difference if you’re struggling with dead zones within your network, especially if you position your router correctly. With the new Hughesnet, you can enjoy unlimited data, faster speeds, and Wi-Fi 6 wherever you live.

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